Hot off the back of his Academy Award win for his role in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek is already squaring up to get his next iconic role.
According to sources who have told Collider, the 37-year-old is in 'final negotiations' to come the villain in the yet unnamed 25th James Bond film.
It has been previously reported that Malek was in talks about the potential role, but his name was put further down the list because the filming schedule for his breakout TV series Mr Robot conflicted with Bond 25.
Collider adds that Malek's team has now made the schedule work, paving the way for him to assume the character.
You'd think movie bosses would be chomping at the bit to cast the most recent Best Actor Oscar recipient.
In December Ladbrokes put Rami Malek as the 3/1 favourite to be named the next Bond villain, so maybe there's hope yet.
He's also got the power of the people behind him, as proven by excited chat on social media.
One person tweeted: "110% down for Rami Malek as a Bond villain."
Another commented: "Rami Malek is rumored to be up for a Bond villain role Yes please!"
Whoever ends up playing the villain, one thing is certain: Daniel Craig will be returning as Bond. He'll be joined by Lea Seydoux who plays psychologist Madeleine Swann, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes as M.
According to Variety, movie bosses are still searching for two female roles, one for a MI6 agent and the other being an 'accomplice' to Olga Kurylenko's character in Quantum of Solace.
Once Bond 25 wraps up, everyone will be keen to know who will assume the role of the martini (shaken not stirred), womanising MI6 agent known as 007.
There have been plenty of names thrown into the ring, including Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Nicholas Hoult, The Bodyguard's Richard Madden and Happy Valley's James Norton.
The list includes even more people but it seems like the longer this discussion continues for, the longer that name sheet gets.
Tom Hardy seems to have rubbished the reports he'll get the nod andIdris was seen cosying up to Craig at the Golden Globes.
Who knows, maybe Daniel Craig will sign on for another movie even though he said he'd prefer to slash his wrists than play the tuxedo wearing spy again.
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